Published: Wed, April 11, 2018

Hockey stick tributes for team in devastating crash

Hockey stick tributes for team in devastating crash

The grieving parents spoke to CTV Edmonton's Dan Grummett from a hotel room near Humboldt, ahead of a vigil planned in the Saskatchewan city on Sunday.

Communities across Canada - and around the world - are expressing shock, horror and grief, following the Saskatchewan bus crash that killed 15 members of a Junior A hockey club and injured another 14. Together, they're painting rocks with the Broncos' colours.

The creator of the campaign said on the GoFundMe site that money raised would "go directly to families to help with any expenses incurred".

"He was what I think everybody would want their sons to be, and everybody would want their daughters to bring this kid home".

"The tentacles of this reach everywhere, so we're aware of some other connections within our other schools here in (Saskatoon) and in Martensville and Warman and Biggar, where we have schools, but there's many that we're not aware of", said Kunz. "I can only imagine what that team means to Humboldt, Saskatchewan and all those kids, and staff and team members and coaches", Stone said. There isn't anything much more Canadian than the thought of a hockey team driving down a rural road on its way to a big game. Unfortunately, Parker is one of the 15 that have lost their lives in this awful tragedy. The team was headed to a playoff game. "I know what those guys are thinking when they first get on the bus to go there". "He can be hard on his players, but it's for a reason". "I had never ever heard my brother do the play-by-play for the Broncos and we listened to it full blast".

Lymer also billets players from the junior B Kerry Park Islanders, including Edmonton native Cordell Boyko, who knew several of the players on the Broncos who had played in Alberta.

"There's not going to be a single person that's untouched by that", he said.

A second former Thunder player involved in the crash, 19-year-old Tyler Smith, is said to be recovering in hospital. The building acted as a meeting place throughout every winter, as the population gathered for the games.

Saturday's game is set to start at 8:15 p.m. Donations will be accepted to honour Parker Tobin and support his family.

"If you stop and think there probably could have been the next Prime Minster of Canada, there could have been the next Canadian astronaut, there's no telling what future those young people could have had in front of them", said Councillor Duck Paterson. "Being a first responder has also given me that extra view of just how devastating this accident was and has me very aware of the support that these fine men and women will be requiring in the upcoming days, weeks, months, and years to come", Firth said in a Facebook post.

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